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Alvin Orbaek White

Senior Lecturer in The College of Engineering, Swansea University

Dr Alvin Orbaek White is a Senior Lecturer and former Sêr Cymru II Fellow and at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI). His vision is to advance global energy sustainability by developing more efficient and equitable methods of transmitting electricity. He is building a research group that develops new methods to produce and use carbon nanomaterials. While also building a community of researchers and stakeholders to engage this issue. He aims to impact the environment both locally and globally positively. This will be done in a two-fold manner. Firstly, by taking carbon waste and turning it into carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Secondly, to use CNTs to transmit electricity because they are much lighter so they offer mass savings and specific forms (ballistic conductors) transmit electricity with near-zero loss. Alvin also has active research interests in Blockchain technologies and innovation, as well as pursuing impact activities to communicate the socio-technical aspects of science and technology better.

Alvin's research activities focus on the circular economy philosophy to close the loop on the carbon cycle. Throughout his academic career, Dr Orbaek White has worked to develop innovative methods to synthesise and characterise carbon nanomaterials. He completed his PhD at Rice University, USA, on the catalytic growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he developed a novel technique resulting in the growth of SWCNTs with centimetre length scales; called ultra-long CNTs.

Alvin was selected to participate in The Royal Society Parliamentary Pairing Scheme (202). He is an alumnus of the Welsh Crucible (2017) and the Digital Economy Crucible (2017). He is the founder of Trimtabs Ltd, a technology start-up dedicated to creating positive global impact.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Engineering and Sêr Cymru II Fellow, Swansea University
  • 2014–2016
    Postdoctoral associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • 2015 
    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kaufman Teaching Certificate
  • 2013 
    Rice University, PhD Chemistry
  • 2006 
    The International Space University, Certificate in Space Studies


  • 2019
    Chemical Recycling of Consumer-Grade Black Plastic into Electrically Conductive Carbon Nanotubes, C
  • 2013
    Inorganic Chemistry for Dummies, Wiley

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Ser Cymru II Fellowshio
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Welsh Government and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Institute of Physics